Juliana Hamp Mehlig died Friday, April 7, 2017, after a long illness. She was 89 years old. She was born to Robert Johannes Hamp and Dorothy Kautz Hamp, in Kokomo, on May 29, 1927, the fourth of five children.
Juliana graduated from Kokomo High School in the class of 1945 and from Butler University in the spring of 1949. She married Raymond Burton Mehlig in a ceremony officiated by Reverend Riley at her home, 1110 W. Sycamore St., on June 18, 1949. Together they built a home at 1617 W. Sycamore St. and raised four children.
Juliana grew up in a family that valued each other, friends, faith, education and music. She shared these values with her family, children and grandchildren. Juliana enjoyed her large family, which insured joining in on many family adventures and celebrations of holidays, birthdays, and summers in northern Michigan at Crystal Lake. Since she and Raymond were born in Kokomo, they had many friendships here with regular gatherings of bridge club, Kappa Kappa Gamma, and P.E.O. Chapters R and CY. Juliana attended Main Street Christian Church from birth and taught Sunday school and sang in the choir many years. She wove the values of education and music into the lives of her family by her example. She participated in her family's Kokomo Tribune partnership.
She and Raymond built a cabin on Michigan's Walloon Lake in 1959 so they would have a winter base for snow skiing. The cabin became a gathering magnet for the family year around, and a base that inspired adventure and love for the natural world. Juliana and Raymond learned the sport of snow skiing after World War II and all of their children learned at a young age, along with many of their Kokomo friends. Juliana experienced life to the fullest, always ready for a hike, a bike ride, a paddle or row on the lake, or a picnic. She shared her generous spirit of fun with her family and friends, and that is how many remember her.
Juliana is survived by her children, Andrea (Brian) Goodheim, Dorothy (Robert) Apple, John Louis Mehlig, and Karl Hamp (Robin) Mehlig; 10 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; her brother, David F. Hamp (Cynthia); and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond; brothers, Robert and Arthur; sister, Marian; brother- and sister-in- law, Robert and Jean Watson; and her parents.
The family appreciates the loving care Juliana received in the home of William and Sarah Imbierowicz, especially Sarah and Juliana, her granddaughters.
Services will be at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 27, 2017, at Shirley & Stout Funeral Home, 1315 W. Lincoln Road, with Pastor Kris Showen officiating. Friends are invited to visit from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, April 27, 2017, at the funeral home. A reception, open to anyone who wants to come, will follow the service at First Baptist Church, 310 W. Taylor St., Kokomo, and is a celebration of her life. Burial will take place at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 28, 2017, at Crown Point Cemetery. Messages of condolence may be expressed online at www.shirleyandstout.com.
Published on  April 24, 2017